Are cookies a security risk?

A cookie is a small text file written to your hard drive by some web sites, including our site. Because cookies read information on your hard drive, some think this means they give access to all the information on your computer. Our e-commerce system encrypts all cookies and they cannot be read by any other web page. The cookie actually contains no personal information, just a unique identifier for our system to recognize your current session at our web site, it is of no value to anyone outside of our web site.